King Diamond launches new video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”, from upcoming DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

– January 8th, 2019 –

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987′s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

For a preview of Songs For The Dead Live, a new video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”, can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=zCElPIPWfWQ

Fans can also watch “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond – where Songs For The Dead Live can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
–special edition box set with 5 discs (2DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus poster, flier, laminate, setlist, ticket, sticker, and guitar pick (limited to 3000 copies)
–opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–opaque red with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque white with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Productions, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to “Out From The Asylum” at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener “Funeral”, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

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Arch Enemy To Release Compilation Album “Covered In Blood,”; Announces New Single “Reason To Believe”

Arch Enemy will release a strictly limited, hand-numbered 7″ single and a digital single for their song “Reason To Believe” on December 7th via Century Media Records. Both formats, physical and digital, feature the Tears For Fears cover “Shout” as a b-side.

The 7″ single will be available in the following vinyl colors:

– Black vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
– Clear vinyl (limited to 100 copies, only available at CMDistro EU)
– White vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
– Silver vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at Nuclear Blast)
– Red vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at EMP)

On January 18th, Arch Enemy will release a compilation of all cover songs they have recorded throughout their career, entitled Covered In Blood. More details will follow soon.

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Aborted Posts New Video “Vespertine Decay” Online

Belgian death metal/grindcore veterans Aborted has posted a new music video online for the song “Vespertine Decay.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album, “TerrorVision,” which is set to be released on September 21st through Century Media. It’s also the second song from the album to receive the music video treatment following, “Squalor Valor.”

“TerrorVision” will be offered in the following formats:

– Standard CD Jewelcase
– Gatefold LP+CD
– Ltd. Box set (with Digipak CD, bonus CD with the tracks of the “Bathos” EP, black belt with metal belt buckle, sticker set and button set)
– Digital

The LP is available in the following vinyl colours:

– Black: unlimited
– Pink: 200 copies, exclusively sold in Belgium
– Lilac: 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro Europe
– Transparent-blue: 200 copies, available at various online stores
– Transparent-green: 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP
– Yellow: 200 copies, exclusively available at Season Of Mist
– Transparent-magenta: 100 copies, exclusively available at Aborted’s webstore
– Glow-in-the-Dark: 700 copies

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Cannibal Corpse: ‘Bloodthirst’, ‘Gallery of Suicide’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– May 2nd, 2018 –

On June 1st, Cannibal Corpse will release exclusive, limited LP re-issues of their classic albums, Bloodthirst and Gallery of Suicide, via Metal Blade Records. See below for an overview of all versions; pre-order your copies now at IndieMerch, EMP, or eBay.

Bloodthirst LP re-issue:
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–opaque pale lilac marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–viole(n)t marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque red / white and purple splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–opaque skin pink/red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)

Gallery of Suicide LP re-issue:
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–clear grey-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–opaque “dead gold” marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent / red splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–ochre/clay-col marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)

Cannibal Corpse released their latest album, Red Before Black, last fall. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), Red Before Black once more raises the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. “Throughout our career we’ve tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. ‘Red Before Black‘ continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It’s definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we’ve done recently,” asserts bassist Alex Webster. “We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums,” adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. “And as Alex said, musically I think it’s the most raw sound we’ve had – and at the same time I think it’s our most focused, tightest and catchiest record.”

To preview and purchase Red Before Black, please visit: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

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Marduk Posts New Lyric Video, “Werwolf” Online

Swedish black metal mainstays Marduk has posted a new lyric video online for the song, “Werwolf.” You can check it out below. The song comes from their forthcoming new album, “Viktoria,” which will be released on June 22nd through Century Media Records and is comprised of the following tracklisting:

1. Werwolf
2. June 44
3. Equestrian Bloodlust
4. Tiger I
5. Narva
6. The Last Fallen
7. Viktoria
8. The Devil’s Song
9. Silent Night

“Viktoria” will be available in the following formats:

– Ltd. CD box set (with CD, woven patch, metal pin, three stickers)
– LP (with inlay and 180 gram vinyl)
– Standard CD Jewelcase
– Digital

The LP version will be released in several vinyl colours:

– Black vinyl: Unlimited
– Clear vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by CDON
– White vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered by CM Distro
– Golden vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, available at various online stores
– Transparent red vinyl: Limited to 100 copies, exclusively offered by Marduk
– Red vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered by EMP
– Silver vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered by Season Of Mist
– Picture vinyl: Limited to 500 copies, exclusively offered by Nuclear Blast and Levykauppa Äx
– Transparent sun-yellow vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, available at various outlets in North America
– Dark green vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro US

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The Black Dahlia Murder Premiere New Music Video “Kings Of The Night World”

The Black Dahlia Murder premiere a new music video for their track “Kings Of The Night World“. The video was directed by Wretched drummer Marshall Wieczorek and you can stream it below.

In other news, The Black Dahlia Murder have some vinyl reissues planned with special limited edition pressings of “Everblack“, “Ritual” and “Unhallowed” scheduled for a May 18th release via Metal Blade. Pressing details can be found below:

“Everblack“:
–white vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)
–opaque purple marble vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–grape candy purple / black split vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–violet blue/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–purple / black ‘A/B side’ melt vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–purple / black & white splatter vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–lilac marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear lavender marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

“Ritual“:
–metallic gold vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)
–metallic gold / translucent green split vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear w/ white & green smoky swirls vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–swamp green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–gold / black splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent light-green / black & white splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–gold / silver splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

“Unhallowed“:
–sea glass vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)
–smoke / white split vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear w/ white smoky swirls vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–silver / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black / white & grey splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–grey/ black splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–transparent sea-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear / white & turquoise splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

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Count Raven: ‘Storm Warning’ and ‘Destruction Of The Void’ LP and digital re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– March 15th, 2018 –

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce a new agreement with Swedish Doom Metal legends Count Raven to release their first four albums on vinyl! Three of them will be available on vinyl for the first time ever!

The series starts on April 27th with the releases of Destruction Of The Void and Storm Warning. Count Raven formed in 1989 and released their debut Storm Warning in 1990. The album made quite a few waves in the Heavy Metal underground. 1992′s Destruction Of The Void established Count Raven in the worldwide Heavy Metal scene as a very unique Doom band, able to deliver sadness and depth in highly emotional and heavy songs.

The Storm Warning vinyl has been out of print for ages while Destruction Of The Void has not yet been available on vinyl at all! Both have been remastered by Patrick W. Engel for the best sound quality possible and include bonus tracks (from the CD re-issues) as well as posters.

See below for an overview of vinyl versions. Pre-order your copies now at IndieMerch, EMP or at our eBay store! Both albums are also available on all digital platforms.

Count Raven – Destruction Of The Void Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:
–180g black vinyl
–burnt sienna orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear pastel rose marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dark maroon marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Count Raven – Storm Warning Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:
–180g black vinyl
–clear rusty brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear salmon pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear yellow ochre marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

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http://www.metalblade.com/countraven

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Whitechapel: ‘This Is Exile’ LP re-issue now available via Metal Blade Records, to celebrate the album’s 10-year anniversary!

– February 22nd, 2018 –

On June 1st, Metal Blade Records will re-issue Whitechapel‘s classic This Is Exile album on vinyl, as a special 10-year anniversary collector’s piece. See below for an overview of all versions; pre-order your copies now from IndieMerch, EMP, or eBay.

Guitarist Alex Wade comments: “In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of our career-defining record ‘This Is Exile‘, we will be releasing it in full vinyl format with sleeves and complete artwork. The original vinyl release in 2008 was a picture disc so this will be a true collector’s item for the die-hard Chapel fan. ‘The Somatic Defilement‘ vinyl re-issues went fast last year so be sure to grab one quick!”

This Is Exile LP re-issue versions:
–180g black vinyl
–smoke vinyl (limited to 700 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear/black/red splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear graybrown marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

Stay tuned for more Whitechapel news coming soon!

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http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel
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https://twitter.com/whitechapelband
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Whitechapel: ‘This Is Exile’ LP re-issue now available via Metal Blade Records, to celebrate the album’s 10-year anniversary!

– February 22nd, 2018 –

On June 1st, Metal Blade Records will re-issue Whitechapel‘s classic This Is Exile album on vinyl, as a special 10-year anniversary collector’s piece. See below for an overview of all versions; pre-order your copies now from IndieMerch, EMP, or eBay.

Guitarist Alex Wade comments: “In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of our career-defining record ‘This Is Exile‘, we will be releasing it in full vinyl format with sleeves and complete artwork. The original vinyl release in 2008 was a picture disc so this will be a true collector’s item for the die-hard Chapel fan. ‘The Somatic Defilement‘ vinyl re-issues went fast last year so be sure to grab one quick!”

This Is Exile LP re-issue versions:
–180g black vinyl
–smoke vinyl (limited to 700 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear/black/red splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear graybrown marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

Stay tuned for more Whitechapel news coming soon!

Whitechapel online:
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http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel
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Riot: ‘Army of One’, ‘Through the Storm’ CD and LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– August 22nd, 2017 –

On September 15th, Metal Blade Records will release two new re-issues of Riot‘s classic catalog: Army Of One and Through the Storm. These two albums are melodic power metal gems, and these new editions are a must-have for any fan’s collection. Army Of One will be available on Digipak CD with two bonus tracks [“Road Racin’ (live)” and “Still Alive (instrumental rough mix)”] as well as on vinyl; Through The Storm will be available on Digipak CD with four bonus tracks [“Follow You (demo)”, “Army Of One (instrumental)”, “Shine (instrumental)” and “Blinded (demo)”] as well as on vinyl. Both albums have been re-mastered by Patrick Engel for optimal sound quality. The vinyl versions include 350 g covers, an insert and a free poster; the Digipak CDs include poster booklets.


Pre-order your copies now at: metalblade.com/riot. See below for an overview of all vinyl versions:

Through the Storm LP re-issues
–180g black vinyl
–night blue/grey-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–white/red-marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Army of One LP re-issues
–180g black vinyl
–golden yellow vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–cream white vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

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